Ring of Kerry, Staigue Stone Fort, Cliffs of Kerry, Ring Forts, Ballycarberry Castle - May 28th, 2012


Today started as a wet, rainy day. Our first goal was to hike from the Ladies View over to Lord Brandon's Cottage, this was supposed to be a hike with nice views above Upper Killarney Lake. But it was raining too much, so we skipped the hike.

In Kenmare, we drove through the narrow streets of the town until we found the stone circle. Despite the rain, there was another couple of women at the circle when we visited. They seemed uncomfortable with our presence, perhaps they were witches ready to perform a mystical rite after we left.

The guide books all warn about heavy bus traffic on the drive around the Ring of Kerry. But perhaps because we were early in the tourist season, or perhaps because of the bad weather, we only saw a couple of buses.

At the tip of the Iveragh Peninsula, we got off of the main Ring of Kerry drive and took smaller side roads out to the waters edge. There was one steep hill to climb here, which gave us views over the green landscape. We found a new tourist attraction called the Cliffs of Kerry, where an enterprising farmer was charging four euros for people to get a good view of the sea cliffs. We got our visit glimpse of the Greater and Lesser Skellig islands, which we hoped to visit the next day if the weather permitted. The rain had stopped at midday, but there were still ominous clouds hanging low.

In Portmagee we stopped into the Skellig Michael Experience, a visitor center for the Skellig islands. They told us that there had been no boats out at the islands that day, but hopefully tomorrows weather would be better.

Our Bed & Breakfast was just outside of Cahersiveen, but we were held up for more than an hour by a horrific auto crash at an intersection. It appeared that one car had pulled out of an intersection and been clobbered by another car traveling straight along the road. Apparently no one died, but they were all taken away in ambulances.

After a pizza dinner in Cahersiveen, we still had daylight remaining, so we drove out to the stone age Cahergal and Leacanabuaile Ring Forts which are right outside of town. Also, we walked around the ruins of Ballycarberry castle.


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Kenmare Stone Circle


Staigue Stone Fort


The Ring of Kerry


Ring Forts


Ballycarberry